Vesa Siren, critic of the Hensingin Sanomat, has just published rehearsal video of the Helsinki Philharmonic with young Klaus Mäkelä, who looks like the real deal.
Great expectations this evening at Helsinki Music Centre. Klaus decided to become a conductor when he was seven years old, rehearsing in children’s choir of Carmen at Finnish National Opera with Hannu Lintu. Already one of the best cellists in Finland of his generation, at 12 he started studying conducting, with Jorma Panula. 8 years later he has already conducted many Finnish orchestras. Next: debuts in Denmark, Tokyo. Panula says: “He is one of the best students I have ever had. He has ears, is quick-witted and of course with great musicality.”
Watch rehearsal video here.